DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Jack LaLanne (aged 96)
-American exercise instructor
Francois Henri Jack LaLanne (September 26, 1914 – January 23, 2011) was an American fitness, exercise, and nutrition expert and motivational speaker who is sometimes referred to as the “Godfather of Fitness” and the “First Fitness Superhero”. He described himself as being a “sugarholic” and a “junk food junkie” until he was age 15. He also had behavioral problems, but “turned his life around” after listening to a public lecture about the benefits of good nutrition by health food pioneer Paul Bragg. During his career, he came to believe that the country’s overall health depended on the health of its population, and referred to physical culture and nutrition as “the salvation of America”.
DEATH: LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumoniaat his home on 23 January 2011. He was 96. According to his family, he had been sick for a week, but refused to see a doctor. They added that he had been performing his daily workout routine the day before his death. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, California.